DIY Time Travel in the Afrofuture

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015
10:30am – 12:30pm
Light Work Lab
316 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY

Workshop: DIY Time Travel in the Afrofuture with Rasheedah Phillips
Get in touch with your inner-afrofuturist at this creative workshop lead by Rasheedah Phillips. A public interest attorney by day, Phillips is also a science fiction author, Creative Director of The Afrofuturist Affair, and founding member of theMetropolarity Speculative Fiction Collective in Philadelphia.

The workshop will be based on past workshops Phillips has done through The Afrofuturist Affair, including the “Quantum Time Capsule and Do-It-Yourself Time Travel” and “Using Afrofuturism to Examine Reality” workshop series. “Quantum Time Capsule and Do-It-Yourself Time Travel” seeks inspiration from Octavia Butler’s novel “Kindred,” and uses Afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses to explore the potential for time travel with everyday tools such as memory, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, crystals, and music. “Using Afrofuturism to Examine Reality” explores the ways women and people of color are represented in mainstream science fiction film and literature. It imagines ways science fiction and Afrofuturism can be used to empower and increase positive images of people of color and women in media and popular culture.

For more information on The Afrofuturist Affair, go to:

This workshop is FREE & OPEN to the public.

Please RSVP by joining the Facebook event here: DIY Time Travel in the Afrofuture

The workshop will take place in Light Work Lab, a state-of-the-art, affordable photography and digital imaging facility open to the community. Light Work Lab is located at 316 Waverly Ave. on the Syracuse University campus.

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This workshop is co-sponsored by Light Work and made possible through the generous support of the New York Council for the Humanities Community Partnership Grant in collaboration with the Central New York Humanities Corridor.

Note: As part of this programming, Rasheedah Phillips will also be conducting two small workshops for the after school program at Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility. For more information, contact SMNF Creative Arts Coordinator Betiea Bowens at (315) 671-5811, or

PHOTO CREDIT: Portrait of Rasheedah Phillips by D1l0 DeMille